Included in this volume are 8 booklets from the 19th century which cover the range of smocking (English Style), plain needlework, monograms, jeweled embroidery & knick-knacks. If you love history and have wished that your great grandmother was alive to explain how to do all the embroidery techniques you find in antique stores than this is the book for you.
The sections on smocking have wonderful old illustrations of ladies and children in the smocked clothing of the period. Also included are photographs of the smocking design and written instructions on how to complete the design (no graphs).
In the needlework section are instructions on all the basics of hand sewing including:
- Several types of hems
- Gathering and piping as well as info on how to sew on buttons (different patterns of stitches within the button holes)
- Basic french handsewing techniques including rolling & whipping, tucks and sewing on lace.
In the embroidery section you learn how to feather-stitch, patchwork, quilting, honeycomb and braiding. Including are many variations of stitches that are familiar to embroiderers.
A Lacis Publication